Honors Explorations Courses

Honors Explorations Courses

Honors explorations courses are topic-based general education courses taught by faculty in their particular areas of interest and expertise.  Honors students are required to complete three honors explorations courses in different areas.  Below is a list of upcoming course offerings.

HONR 230: The Civil War in Myth, Memory, and Popular Culture

Honors Humanities - Fall 2017

Dr. William B. Feis

This course will explore the long shadow the Civil War has cast over American life since 1865. We will examine how Americans have defined and battled over the meaning of the war and why we have remembered or perhaps “selectively forgotten” certain aspects of the conflict and its consequences. In addition, we will look at how the Civil War has influenced American politics and society and how it has permeated popular culture. From Robert E. Lee’s “General Order No. 9” in 1865 to the Charleston, South Carolina church shooting 150 years later, the course will help students understand why author William Faulkner was correct when he observed that, when it comes to Americans and their Civil War, “The past is never dead. It is not even past.”

HONR 210: Media, Crime, and Criminal Justice

Honors Social Science - Fall 2017

Dr. Stephanie Hays

In this course we will examine the images of crime and criminal justice that are portrayed through mass media in America.  We will examine both broadcast media (television, films, music, internet, video games) and print media (magazines, newspapers, comic books).  Class sessions will include a mix of lecture, discussion, media clips, and case studies. Some of the topics that we will examine include:

  • The social construction of crime, criminals, victims, and punishment in the media.
  • The media's influence on the level of crime and violence in society.
  • The "CSI" effect and the media’s effects on the processing of criminal cases.
  • The media’s impact on criminal justice policy.
  • The media's impact on public attitudes and perceptions of crime.